Race of The Mobile App Development

Hybrid vs Native

If you’re into software development in Sydney or anywhere in the world, I’m sure you already know about the race that the Native App Development and Hybrid App Development have been running in.  

None of us knows which one will make it to the finish line first but we can make logical assumptions, correct?

That being said, in the recent past the hybrid development app has slowly been taking over the native app development. There are plenty of reasons for this.

Let me give you a comparison between the two, so you can judge for yourself, which app development has a higher chance of winning.

Hybrid App Development

  • Hybrid Apps are developed with the intention of being used on various platforms and perform equally well. Essentially they can be built with a single code base but are stored in a native app and use WebView to open. The services for web development in Sydney say that the hybrid application is basically a combination of the native and web app.
  • It has become possible to develop hybrid apps because the tools that are used to create it are not a part of one particular operating system. They are third-party tools that work to build applications that will run smoothly on any operating system.
  • Here, a code is written, tested and then built in such a way that it will work for multiple operating systems.

Native App Development

  • Native Apps are written in the programming language they are being developed for, with a specific OS, like Android, Windows, or iOS.
  • They’re developed to perform specific tasks by using the features already available on the software.
  • Since the code is written for a specific platform it will have to be rewritten to be used on any other platform. The logic of the application remains the same, but the language and development process would change. Rewriting lengthy codes can be a hassle if to be done frequently.
  • For each application, a different code is written, tested and then built. After which they’re made available to the users.

There is one thing that remains common for both, the hybrid app and the native app. A method called Agile Project Management is used throughout the development process.

With this method, the project is completed in smaller development cycles. Each section is reviewed by the team and the representatives of the project who provide the team with critiques and suggestions to make changes or improvements.

As an employee in the market of software development in Sydney I’d like to share:

The Benefits of Hybrid App Development

  • It is based on technologies related to the web so the app can be run on the browser like a website.
  • Since it is built using web technologies like JavaScript and HTML, it is easier and less time consuming to write it.
  • They have the same performance acceleration based on the hardware as the native apps.
  • Consistent user experience is available through various platforms, including device or browser.
  • The development is faster and can be done efficiently.
  • It is easy to maintain the hybrid app since it is the same across all the operating systems. The app can be updated as many times as required because of its native shell.
  • The hybrid app can access internal APIs, storage, camera, and other applications.
  • The cost of development reduces considerably as the rewriting process is eliminated.

The Benefits of Native App Development

  • They are fast and more responsive since they have been built for that particular operating system.
  • Applications that use heavy graphics and animation run faster when developed as native apps.
  • For most native applications internet is not required, although it may differ according to the function of the application.
  • Platform-based development means that the user will be able to have a better experience.
  • Applications will perform better in terms of speed since it is highly compatible with the operating system.

Software developers like me have been faced with a dilemma that we never thought would come up. With the rise in mobile phones and its users, it has become difficult to choose between web app development and native app development. The solution was simple, hybrid app development, which encompasses the qualities of web and native development apps.

Still, there are more benefits of the hybrid mobile development app than the native mobile development app.

But what are the Disadvantages of the app developments?

Hybrid App DevelopmentNative App Development
Apps have been known to run slower than the ones developed in the native app.Experienced developers will need to be hired for development since the language is different for each platform.
Depending on the third party for tools would mean higher cost for development.The development cost for multiple platforms will increase the overall budget.
Features specific to a particular device are not available.New updates can’t be released across multiple platforms because of the different coding bases.

You can decide which type of app will be built by incorporating the Agile Project Management based on the following:

  • Business Objectives.
  • Time Frame to receive the Developed App.
  • Type of User Experience to be provided.
  • The Budget.
  • The Complexity of Features.

Understanding that both of these app developments have their pros and cons will make you realise that they’re both worth being used, depending on the business and the user. In the end, it is the user that should benefit from the app, no matter which app development wins the race.

About the author:

Mary Valladares is a senior software engineer at Exigo Tech with an affinity towards writing about technology amongst other topics in a language that is easy for everybody to understand. Exigo Tech provides the right kind of IT solutions for your business that will lead you to success faster.

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